Rotary Torso

This machine does a great job of isolating the obliques. Still, we're not big fans of this machine unless you're careful to use strict form. Do it smoothly and you'll be fine; however, constant, weighted, and uncontrolled rotation can cause your back more harm than the good it will do for your abs.

Rotary torso start/finish. Rotary torso midrange.

Here is how you properly perform a rotary torso:

2. Position your arms behind each arm pad. Get ready to twist like a young Elvis.

3. Slowly twist your body until you can twist no farther.

4. Pause for a second and slowly return to the starting position.

5. Repeat on the other side.

The following is a list of don'ts:

> Use your arms to assist you.

> Let the weights you're lifting slam on the stack below.

The following is a do:

> Maintain a slow, controlled movement throughout the rotation.

People with back problems shouldn't use this machine. Instead, stick with floor exercises where you have greater control. The twisting motion can aggravate a back condition.

The Least You Need to Know

V A strong set of abs will improve your looks, health, and athletic performance.

Abdominal exercises won't reduce fat in your mid-section, but they will strengthen your muscles.

There's no need to do hundreds of reps. Use the same form for ab exercises as for any other muscles.

Strong abdominal muscles support and stabilize you for other exercises and activities.

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